Unleashing Cross-border Circular Economy Potential – Slovakia and Ukraine

The border region is one of the least economically developed regions of Slovakia (its GDP per inhabitant in purchasing power standard presents only 51,7% of the EU-28 average in 2013 according Eurostat). In order to facilitate further sustainable development, there is a need of exploring new innovative solutions implemented on the regional level.

Recently several initiatives in Europe have been exploring Circular Economy, as alternative to a traditional linear economy, in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. The significant component of  the Circular economy presents the creation of so-called Industrial Symbiosis partnerships as a way of fostering local economic development and enhancing environmental benefits for local companies. By using the best available technology and unused or residual resources of one company at another company, one creates mutual economic, social & environmental benefits for both the companies involved and the community. Such partnerships can help companies:

The main ambition of this bilateral project is to boost contacts and cooperation between local and regional institutions and NGOs on both sides of the EU external border. The institutional support is inevitable for changing the current model of industrial operation. The project will present the start line to support Circular Economy in cross-border region thanks to establishment of new cooperation between two partners – IDN and Centrum pre inovačné partnerstvá (Center For Innovation Partnerships), who´s main mission is to support development of new innovative partnerships between businesses and/or education and R&D institutions in the Prešov region.

The main activities of the project:


Identifying areas with certain industries and companies that fit well into the methodology of Circular Economy. In order to acquire proven data, IDN together with the Slovak partner will analyse the Industrial Symbiosis partnerships potential in the region.


Present and discuss the findings at a workshop where relevant organisations participate together with experts on Circular Economy. Findings of the first activity will be presented to relevant stakeholders (public organizations, NGOs, private companies and others) during a workshop, aiming at the identification of future projects to establish Circular Economy (Industrial Symbiosis partnerships) in Slovakia and its border region.


Initiating first partnerships with the aim to implement identified projects. During workshop and as a follow-up, the project will facilitate and create at least three partnerships that will be confirmed by the letter of intention.


Conclusions from the workshop will be incorporated into the report, which will, besides the assessment findings and developed projects pipeline, consists of Generated Assessment Procedure categorizing potential symbiotic partnerships.

The project implementation period is 06.09.2016 – 01.01.2017 and it is financed by the EEA and Norway grants within the Measure B of Bilateral Fund / Cross-border cooperation.

IDNs project partner in Slovakia for this project is Centrum pre inovačné partnerstvá (Center For Innovation Partnerships).

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